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How can I lessen the risk of sids?

How can I lessen the risk of sids?

Sleep on the back: It is safest to sleep your baby on his or her back. That is the best position as babies who sleep on their stomachs are at the highest risk of developing sids. Also, avoid exposure to second-hand smoke as this is also a risk factor. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Sids (Definition)

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It defines as a group sudden death to newborns up to one year of age without an identifiable cause. If a cause of death can be identified, this cannot be defined as SIDS. Certain factors in the US are believed to contribute to a decreased rate Of SIDS, including sleeping on the back instead of the stomach, breast feeding, ...Read more


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Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so ?

Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so ?

Pacifiers: Pacifiers do reduce the risk of SIDS, although the mechanism is unclear. ...Read more

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Does breastfeeding lower risk of sids?

Does breastfeeding lower risk of sids?

Possibly: There is strong suggestion that it does, but no clear explanation why. http://www.medpagetoday.com/pediatrics/generalpediatrics/27019. ...Read more

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Does sleep-sharing increase or reduce the risk of sids?

Does sleep-sharing increase or reduce the risk of sids?

Yes: A young baby sleeping face-up in a crib without fluffy blankets nor pillows around, without dangerous cords or strings nearby, will be safe there. His chances getting sids are low (998.5-999 out of 1000 babies won't have sids). Sleeping in a bed with an adult adds the risks of suffocation from blankets & pillows, from trapping the head at the mattress' edge, and from being squashed by the adult. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my baby to bed swaddled? Or is that a risk of SIDS?

Is it safe to put my baby to bed swaddled? Or is that a risk of SIDS?

No increased risk: Bundling babies should not increase the risk of SIDS providing they are put on their back to sleep, their nose and mouth are not covered, and wrap is not too tight. ...Read more

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Will the hepatitis b vaccine raise my child's risk of sids?

Will the hepatitis b vaccine raise my child's risk of sids?

No: The vaccine haters have flittered like butterflys from one issue to the next. For a time they blamed cerebral palsy on vaccines, then crib death and now autism. The rumor mill wanders back and forth for any issue that is hard to explain.The vaccine has been used extensively in hawaii starting with a newborn dose for 2 decades and no such assooociation has been reported. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sids?

What is the treatment for sids?

SIDS rx?: There is no treatment for sids. Sids is sudden death syndrome, and by time it is diagnosed the infant is already dead. The controversy continues over how to prevent sids. Associated risk factors include: sleeping on the baby's stomach; sleeping in bed with a parent; parental smoking; sleeping with thick bedding; family history of sids. Some cases are now known to be due to child abuse. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sudden infant death?

What is the treatment for sudden infant death?

Prevention: There is no treatment for sids. By definition the patient is dead.A family can reduce a child's risk by laying them on their back to sleep, having no smokers in babies life & never sleeping with baby. ...Read more

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What is sids?

What is sids?

Sudden Infant Death: SIDS is sudden infant death syndrome, an unfortunate sudden death event occurring in one in 2,000 babies. The latest thinking is that an unforeseen brain stem abnormality keeps the baby from arousing when necessary to take in more oxygen. Other metabolic disorders MCAD deficiency and potentially long QT syndrome, a cardiac rhythm problem are also potential factors. ...Read more

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What causes sids?

What causes sids?

True cause unknown: Although studied in detail for years, the true origin of sids is unknown. Population studies have shown factors that increase the risk: belly sleeping or side sleeping(they fall on their belly), multiple birth, smoker in home, poverty, etc. The "back to sleep " program that started in ~1992 has resulted in a 40% drop in sids in some populations in the us. ...Read more

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What exactly is sids?

See below: Sudden infant death syndrome is an unexplained sudden death of a baby usually in there sleep.As causes such as sleeping position and botulinus contaminated honey have been discovered, the number of deaths has decreased. Usually occurs under 12months of age. ...Read more

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Whays of proving sids?

Whays of proving sids?

Autopsy negative: This is negative "proof". A pathologist can look at brainstem sections under a microscope and find only microscopic evidence but that seems to be rarely done at a sids autopsy. Thus the diagnosis is usually simply by exclusion of other causes of death. ...Read more

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Symptoms preceding sids?

Symptoms preceding sids?

Unusual irritablity: There are no definite symptoms. Excessive irritability and "cold" (ur) symptoms have been reported but they are obviously non specific. The most important one is brief periods of apnea (no breathing) for about 10 seconds in sleep. The peak age is at 3 to 4 months so that would be more ominous at that age. Unfortunately there are often no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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Is sids a rare tragedy ?

Is sids a rare tragedy ?

Not rare yet: Incidence of sids (sudden infant death syndrome) has declined to 0.56 per 1000 live births, and this number lingers since year 2001 in us. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sids?

Unknown: SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a term used when an infant dies without explanation, even after autopsy. However, sleeping on the stomach, not breastfeeeding, overheating, and exposure to drugs in utero are known risk factors. ...Read more

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Is sids caused by mattresses?

Is sids caused by mattresses?

Suffocation: Soft bedding can definitely increase babies risk for accidental suffocation. This could be wrongly classified as SIDS. A firm crib matress with a standard sheet is low risk. Those cribs you see at pottery barn with all the really soft fluffy items, including expensive plush crib bumpers are dangerous. A thin bumper is ok, a plush one is not! ...Read more

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Is sids common after 5 months?

No: The risk of SIDS drastically drops at this point and is virtually nonexistant at 6 months. The thinking is that deaths between 6 months and one year that are classified as SIDS are actually intentional or nonintentional suffocation. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about sids?

True cause unknown: Although studied in detail for years, the true origin of sids is unknown. Population studies have shown factors that increase the risk: belly sleeping or side sleeping(they fall on their belly), multiple birth, smoker in home, poverty, etc. The "back to sleep " program that started in ~1992 has resulted in a 40% drop in sids in some populations in the us. ...Read more

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Where can I find info online on sids?

Several sites: http://sidsamerica.org/sids-help/sids-support-groups http://www.Dailystrength.Org/c/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids/support-group http://www.Sidscenter.Org/ best of luck!

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Are there any symptoms that predict sids?

Are there any symptoms that predict sids?

Sometimes.: Prematurity, observed apnea (stopped breathing), sleeping face down, cosleeping are all associated with sids. Long qt syndrome can be diagnosed by ecg, it usually runs in families, and can lead to sudden death. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Katz
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Sudden Infant Death (Definition)

SIDS is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs. To prevent it babies should sleep on their back, no blankets, bumpers or pillow, no stuffed animals in cribs, avoid second hand-smoking, avoid co-sleeping in ...Read more